From the archive: An interview with Nelson Mandela on Bisho, de Klerk and the new South Africa
By Shaun Johnson - 04 July 18:12

On 7 September 1992, 28 ANC supporters and one policeman were shot dead in Bisho after protesting in an attempt to have the Xhosa “homeland” of Ciskei reincorporated into South Africa. Less than a month later, Shaun Johnson spoke to Nelson Mandela about h

Nelson Mandela: The mouse that roared
By Sarah Baxter - 04 July 17:59

From the New Statesman, 15 April 1994. The assassination of Chris Hani, the leader of the South African Communist Party, in 1993, proved a turning point. As the country threatened to erupt in violence, a date for the first multiracial general election was

Obstetric Fistula: Africa’s silent epidemic
By Alan White - 04 July 12:08

While all women of reproductive age are vulnerable to suffer fistula, the underage girls who are victims of child marriages, female genital mutilation and teenage pregnancies are at highest risk.

Brazil erupts: Football, filthy lucre and fury
By Isabel Hilton - 04 July 8:21

Brazil is one of the world’s emerging powers, host of the 2014 Fifa World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. So why is the middle class increasingly angry?

Food, fuel and faith divide Cairo’s streets
By Bel Trew - 03 July 14:15

While the president and army appear locked in conflict, the streets are divided between the extraordinary groundswell of dissent against the president and those loyalists staging their own sit-ins and demos.

Bolivian President grounded in Austria over Snowden fears, sparking fury in Latin America
By Alex Hern - 03 July 7:56

Evo Morales' plane was refused leave to overfly four Western European nations in the early hours of this morning.

Morsi has betrayed the Egyptian revolution
By Charlotte Allan - 29 June 13:24

Worsening safety for women, breakdowns in the rule of law, crackdowns on cultural activity and police abuse - the Arab Spring wasn't meant to end like this.

DOMA and Proposition 8: The perils and benefits of an activist Supreme Court
By Nicky Woolf - 27 June 17:04

The Supreme Court rulings on the Defence of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 stand in stark contrast to the day before, and show a split activist court.

Can free expression survive in Hungary?
By Ana Frana - 27 June 8:17

Funding has been removed from projects not deemed to be in keeping with the official view of Hungarian culture.

Syria: A very modern conflict
By Lana Asfour - 27 June 8:07

We must be wary of rose-tinted narratives about the past: sectarian tensions have been present, even if non-confrontational, in peaceful times.

Why is sterilisation still being forced on transgender people?
By Marie Le Conte - 26 June 18:35

Compensation demanded in Sweden.

A make or break moment for Egypt's President Morsi
By Bel Trew - 26 June 13:23

The first anniversary of the president's inauguration is expected to spark nationwide protests. The grassroots campaign Tamarod aims to secure enough signatures to a vote-of-no-confidence petition to outweigh the 13 million votes that brought Morsi into p

The heart of the Voting Rights Act ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court
By Nicky Woolf - 26 June 12:53

The problem is that the racism the Voting Rights Act attempts to counteract never really went away.

A Pakistani health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a young child
The struggle for a Polio-free Pakistan
By Samira Shackle - 25 June 12:22

What is behind the the sudden upsurge of violence towards polio vaccinators in Pakistan?

Would you swim in China's rivers?
By Sam Geall - 24 June 12:15

A burgeoning popular interest in China's ecological problems has led to citizens trying to win greater oversight of environmental decision-making.

Can Mamphela Ramphele crack South Africa’s political mould?
By Martin Plaut - 22 June 11:41

Coming in from the political cold will be no easy task.

Will Edward Snowden be given a fair hearing?
By Michael Bochenek - 22 June 11:18

Far from committing an act of treason, as several top US lawmakers have suggested, by all appearances the NSA whistleblower has done a public service.

A demonstrator against Pussy Riot's prison sentence in London, 2012.
Pussy Riot: "People fear us because we're feminists"
By Laurie Penny - 22 June 10:12

Laurie Penny meets the Russian punk-protest group.

"We remain peaceful and happy, but now we are not dreaming anymore": Rio's rude awakening
By Liam McLaughlin - 21 June 14:12

The protests in Brazil began as a demand for cheap public transport, but are now so much more.

New Statesman
On Solid Ground: Photographing the displaced
By Charlotte Simmonds - 20 June 15:47

A new exhibition captures the trauma of those forced to flee to survive.

New Statesman
Where did the colonial empires go to trade?

A stunning new infographic reveals the trade patterns of the great naval empires.

Israelis look at the nearby Syrian village of Jebata al-Khashabn
Israel’s dilemma as the war intensifies
By Uri Dromi - 20 June 11:14

If Assad is removed, who will succeed him? Even if there is a viable successor, it is likely that the bloodshed will continue, with infighting between rebel groups and lots of scoresettling.

The Unwinding by George Packer: How America became like Walmart
By Alan Ryan - 20 June 10:38

An impressive piece of work – but not a happy one.

The women of Gezi Park are protesters, not pin-up girls
By Harriet Fitch Little - 19 June 13:09

Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan wants to cast women as mothers, sisters and wives, and those who oppose him should be careful that their imagery doesn’t do the same.

An Arghan policeman.
Investment in Blood by Frank Ledwidge: A devastating indictment of the utter, unanswerable folly of Afghanistan
By Sherard Cowper-Cowles - 16 June 11:00

Frank Ledwidge, once a “justice adviser” in Britain’s para-colonial administration in Helmand, has produced a devastating indictment of Britain’s military intervention in southern Afghanistan. If those of us complicit in the error were ever brought to jus

Firemen extinguish a burning car in Kista after riots in Swedish suburbs
The Swedish riots: What really happened?
By Liam McLaughlin - 14 June 14:59

Inequality, not immigration, was what sparked the unrest.

New Statesman
Leader: No one wants to take charge in the “G-Zero” world
By New Statesman - 13 June 10:54

The need for global leadership has never been greater but ever fewer are prepared or in a position to provide it. After a decade of war, the United States is in retreat, preoccupied with domestic battles over debt, the economy and immigration.

Barack Obama and George W Bush
On wiretaps and drone strikes, it’s time for liberals to accept that Obama is worse than Bush
By Mehdi Hasan - 13 June 10:37

On questions of “US national security”, from wiretaps to Gitmo to drone strikes, Barack Obama has shown his thinking is even less unenlightened than that of the junior Bush. And liberals everywhere better accept that.

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